ATIMONAN CLASH

Purses with pebbles puzzle probers

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Investigators are puzzling out some things that have been found on 13 people killed in a supposed shootout with police and soldiers in Atimonan, Quezon province, on Jan. 6. For instance, coin purses filled with pebbles were found in each of 11 of the 13 victims.

Were those the “tokens” reportedly given by small-scale gold miner Ronnie “Enor” Habitan to the companions of his friends Victor “Vic” Siman and Supt. Alfredo Consemino before they left after a visit with him at his house in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte, that Sunday, Jan. 6?

If those were the tokens, what did Habitan’s gesture mean?

Or is it possible that the purses really contained gold nuggets, but policemen took and replaced them with pebbles after the supposed shootout?

It looks like Supt. Hansel Marantan’s police team that figured in the supposed shootout has a lot to explain to investigators besides how did an operation to get an alleged illegal gambling lord turn into a bloodbath.

An inventory of the slain men’s belongings failed to turn up the P5 million Habatin reportedly gave to Siman.

But the question of the missing P5 million has now been answered, with Habitan’s statement to the Inquirer on Saturday denying the report  he gave Siman money on Jan. 6 for the bond for a new contract to provide security services to Greenfield Estates in Laguna.

Business partners

Habitan and Siman were business partners in New Marc Security Agency, which won a service contract from Greenfields Estate.

Siman, Habitan’s vice president in the security agency, submitted a budget proposal of P4.6 million for January to March this year.

Habitan told Siman that he would have his lawyer review the budget proposal and promised to bring the money to Laguna after the approval of the proposal.

“I did not give them money,” Habitan said, putting to rest speculations about the missing P5 million.

In speaking about his friendship with Siman, Habitan mentioned that he gave him a gold lighter that he himself crafted. The lighter was worth P500,000.

Earlier reports had Habitan giving the same kind of lighter to Consemino, general manager of the security agency, and “tokens” to the 11 men in Siman’s group before his guests left after having lunch with him on Jan. 6.

Habitan did not say what those tokens were, but since the “high-grade” miner gives gold away to friends, it is possible that the tokens were nuggets of gold.

Only 12 visitors

Habitan told the Philippine Daily Inquirer something else: he had only 12 guests, including Siman. He said he was sure there were only 12 because he shook hands with each of them as they were leaving.

So why is the body count in Atimonan 13?

Is it possible there was another collateral damage and the body was thrown in with the rest?

Money was found among the belongings of the dead in the two sports utility vehicles in Siman’s group. It was P250,000, found in a plastic LBC envelope that police said belonged to Siman.

The police inventory, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer, showed that P18,000 was found on environmentalist Tirso Lontok Jr.

Little money

The rest of the victims had very little money on them.

Leonardo Marasign, the driver of the second vehicle, had only P27 in his wallet; Conrad Decillo, the driver of the lead vehicle, had P150; Consemino,  P350 in his wallet and another P500, found in a small, red Chinese envelope.

Victorino Atienza had P400; Gerry Siman, P600; S/Sgt. Armando Lescano, P400; PO1 Jeffrey Valdez, P100; SPO1 Gruet Mantuano, P270; and Maximo Pelayo, P2,050.

Found among the belongings of Pelayo was a brown wallet that belonged to one Victor Gonzales Garcia. The wallet contained P150.

The inventory  includes the belongings of real estate broker Paul Quiohilag and Jimbeam Justiniani, who, according to police records, were taken to hospital but died on the way there.

Employees at Doña Marta Memorial District Hospital in Atimonan said men in civvies brought in the two victims.

Hospital records showed the victims were brought in at 4 p.m., 40 minutes after the supposed clash at the checkpoint at Barangay Lumutan in Atimonan.

The records also showed that Justiniani had been shot in the head, neck, chest, abdomen and arm.

Close range

Quiohilag had been hit in the temple, neck, left chest and stomach. The records showed his left arm was fractured.

A source at the National Bureau of Investigation’s Death Investigation Division said a second autopsy showed that Quiohilag was shot at close range.

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  • koolkid_inthehouse

    If I’m a script writer for a movie, I have a plot that’s more thrilling like this.  

     Habitan will pay Marantan the P5million extortion money but he has to fight it with Siman’s group.  I need to think of good reason why Habitan want’s to rub out Siman.  I think Habitan has a double edged dagger plan.  Either one or both killed, Siman and Marantan, it will be Habitan who will come out a winner. He will solely own the security agency if Siman is eliminated.  If Marantan is gone, he will have a sigh of relief with nobody poking his side for extortion money.
    Along this line, there was actually a P5million in one of the SUV.  After the checkpoint massacre,  Marantan’s group secured the money and the tokens switched to useless rocks.  Marantan knew that the scene doesn’t look like a shoot out, he deliberately used one of the dead man’s gun and shot himself to justify a shoot out.  The rest of checkpoint personnel will receive a bonus of P10k each and of course depending on your rank.  In the movie, the cover up went well.Marantan has its own agenda, the elimination of  Siman and Habitan.  Another jueteng lord from Northern Luzon wants to cool off in the South because of hot issues about him.  The generals met and decided to use the reliable dog Marantan to secure the turf from non military jueteng lord.  Marantan wants Habitan gone because he knew that Habitan filed a case against him.The rest of the money and gold will go to the top PNP mafia bosses courtesy of Marantan.  Marantan then secured his next promotions and can go after big businesses to extort money and legal hold up in the region.

    • Carlos_Iho

      With all the stories coming out every day, several movie versions can be made out of this incident and all will be interesting.

      • MarcyPulilan

        Yeah, you can also add that marantan was really Lex Luthor and Habitan was Superman. Too bad, Siman was really Wonder Woman but forgot to bring the bracelets that deflect bullets and Lontok was not able to shout “Darna” on time.

    • 444mangyan888

      you really think someone can easily bribe those guys that he only had seen for the first time..?? With that brazeness, someone would have to be dead sure everything would get into its proper place in the aftermath

  • kontra_boohaya

    Naunahan na kayo ng mga parak. Habitan won’t confirm if gold was indeed in the pouches.  Baka makasohan naman siya ng tax evading.  From the getgo, this thing stinks.  In the end, “probe, sack, relieve” nanaman yan na wala man lang masampahan ng kaso o kung nasampahan naman e i acquit nanaman yan…..I  promote na si Marantan at ipadala siya sa Pampanga, o Pangasinan, o Maguindanao o Davao baka dun siya makakita ng katapat niya.

    • VeryDisgusted2

       Bad boy Marantan won’t last a week here in Davao with no-nosense Duterte. He hates corrupt cops.

  • Htee

    Or is it possible that the purses really contained gold nuggets, but policemen took and replaced them with pebbles after the supposed shootout?

    What for??? The killing was brazen enough that showed the killers don’t care what the people will think of them so why should they bother to replace something with a pebble.

    My guess is that they had a stop over at a local “albulario”. The albulario gave them a pebble and told them it is not just a pebble. It have powers to make them bullet proof. And that explains the theory that they fired the first shot or shots. The pebble also has the power to make their bullets pass thru a close suv window and hit the who (maratrat) so ever want to harm them in the leg and arms no matter where they aim their guns. WHEWWW.

    There, my theory is the best explanation why they all have pebbles on them. Please do not react negatively to this theory. People in that part of the country still believe in AGIMATS pretty much. The powers of those pebbles are just my imagination but still it is a very good story for the showbiz industry, isn’t it.

    ABANGAN…..

  • beerhunters

    those pebbles represent “bahays” thus, one pebble is equal to one “bahay”. In the Panganiban Paracale Gumaus Labo local gold buying business parlance, a “baha’y” represent a fraction of one gram of gold(product of the amalgam from which the mercury has been blow torched and evaporated). Therefore, one gram of gold = x number of “baha’y”. Habitan gave those pebbles to the victims to represent the weight of gold he is giving them. Those pebbles when presented to a contact in metro(somewhere in Binondo) manila, will be converted into cash at current gold price. Those pebbles functions like a manager’s cheque!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UAABFPUE5ZKBXOAGLWL6POGWU joel genese

      So that should explain why they have pebbles!

      • Tonypogi

        Para kayong uto-uto. Naniwala naman kaagad kayo!

    • 444mangyan888

      whoaww….galeng ah..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

      you got the points beerhunters each kind of item represents equivalent or signifies something! Ganun lang ka simple.

  • $20926843

    With the way the investigation is progressing by leaking information piecemeal, this investigation can be likened now to a telenovela.  Likewise, this inconsequential Regime had been given an opportunity to prolong this investigation and use this to wag the dog whenever a negative news is published against its inutile president and its factotums. 

    • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

      Naks.

  • 444mangyan888

  • 444mangyan888

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  • VeryDisgusted2

    Little money in wallets is taletell sign victims were no criminals but people try to earn their living, except maybe for Siman.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    for sure this is a syndicated circle network freinds using their tsapa to facilitate easy and fast transactions in private and government offices, both sides. I sense there is a 3rd party  that involved for this incident that monitoring the movement of each group. This could be to eliminate or just devide and quanquer.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6A22LWUWNJIOGCVOLUEREPIZ2I Juan

    Bakit parang alam na alam ni beerhunters ??? curious lang … :)

    • beerhunters

      Sherlock Holmes:”It’s elementary, my dear Watson.”

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